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Cavaliers handle Thunder

CLEVELAND — LeBron James sang and danced while dressing at his locker to New Edition’s “Can You Stand The Rain” following Sunday’s win. Although the song’s theme of weathering a storm was fitting for the Cavs, James insisted the selection wasn’t intentional. “It has nothing ...

Shootout victory

YOUNGSTOWN — Alex Esposito’s overtime shootout goal gave the Youngstown Phantoms a series-opening win over the Sioux Falls Stampede, 4-3, Thursday night at the Covelli Centre. Esposito was the Phantoms’ fifth skater out for the shootout, as he came from the left side and knocked the ...

Cavaliers are trying to put distractions aside

CLEVELAND — They are losing to teams they should be beating — easily. And making matters worse, the NBA champion Cavaliers are embroiled in distractions. Drama kings. “I hate it,” coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday following practice. With six losses in eight games, the Cavs are in a ...

Indians host ’19 All-Star Game

CLEVELAND — The Indians made it back to the World Series last year for the first time since 1997. They’re about to connect with another moment from their past. Cleveland will host the All-Star Game in 2019, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Thursday. ...

Cavs still slumping

CLEVELAND — The criticism quieted. The problems persist. LeBron James and the NBA champions are a mess right now. Arron Afflalo dropped a 3-pointer with 17.3 seconds left in overtime as the Sacramento Kings rallied for 116-112 win Wednesday night over the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers, who ...

LeBron upset with direction of Cavs

CLEVELAND — LeBron James has alluded to flaws with Cleveland’s roster all season. He got much more detailed about the cracks and crevices in the NBA champions after their fifth loss in seven games. James urged the team’s front office to do more after a 124-122 loss Monday night to the ...

LaBrae grad Aldridge gets better & better

Peyton Aldridge’s effort on the basketball court has resulted in many honors over the years — including two Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Week awards this season. Besides basketball and his school work, the 2014 LaBrae High School graduate enjoys down time with his Davidson ...

JFK’s Coates chooses football; commits to YSU

WARREN — Jacob Coates thought about going to a major Division I college and becoming a track star, but his heart wouldn’t let him. The John F. Kennedy senior was being recruited by Penn State and Miami (Fla.) for track and field after he won the 200-meter state championship in 2015, but ...

Aldridge supports Vikings as Curry backs Davidson

Legendary Davidson University basketball player Stephen Curry is slated to be honored at tonight’s home game against Duquesne. The school plans to named the student section in honor of the school’s all-time leading scorer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player. “He’s got his ...

Browns sign LB for 4 years

CLEVELAND — Other than the incessant losing, Jamie Collins enjoyed his half season with the Cleveland Browns. He’s sticking around for four more. Collins agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract on Monday with the Browns, who made signing the 27-year-old one of their offseason ...

James: Cavs ‘not very good right now’

NEW ORLEANS — LeBron James stroked his beard as he sat in his locker and tried to make sense of Cleveland’s recent slide. Losses to powerhouses like Golden State and San Antonio were a little easier to shake off. But Monday night’s result with New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis in ...

Steelers look ahead after painful loss

PITTSBURGH — The roll that carried the Pittsburgh Steelers from adrift at midseason to the cusp of the Super Bowl came to a sudden and emphatic stop in New England. The pain of the one-sided 36-17 loss to Tom Brady and the Patriots will linger. If the Steelers want to find a way to take the ...

Brady ends Steeler season

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl. After beginning the 2016 season suspended for four games for his role in the “Deflategate” scandal, the New England quarterback relentlessly carried the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the ...

Steelers beaten on both sides of ball

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — LeGarrette Blount burst through the line at the Pittsburgh 19, slipped one tackle and bulled into another defender at the 9. Cornerback William Gay wrapped him up, but just got pushed backward. Three more Steelers pitched in, still unable to bring the New England ...

Loss of RB Bell to groin injury didn’t help Pittsburgh

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell was bothered by a groin injury even before he was forced to leave the AFC championship game in the second quarter of Pittsburgh’s 36-17 loss to New England. Bell had only six carries for 20 yards, and his absence was felt by an ...

Cavaliers fall in overtime to San Antonio

CLEVELAND — As Kawhi Leonard peeled the ice bag off his swollen left hand, Manu Ginobili hobbled through San Antonio’s locker room, his back stiffened from a run-in with LeBron James. And 20 minutes after the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was in sweats still going over his team’s ...

History in the making in AFC

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There are few things that Bill Belichick respects more than history in the NFL. And few teams elicit as much praise from the Patriots coach as the Pittsburgh Steelers. Part of it is the reverence that Belichick holds for the way Steelers founder Art Rooney and his ...

Back home, Cavs eclipse Suns, 118-103

CLEVELAND — Before their first home game following a long trip that ended with a miserable thud at Golden State, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue showed his team video clips to remind them who they are. The message? “Do that,” LeBron James said. Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, James, his ...

Williams faces tough task as DC

CLEVELAND — Gregg Williams talked tough. Now he has to get the Browns to play that way. Cleveland’s new defensive coordinator made quite a first impression during a fiery, 48-minute introductory news conference Thursday in which the former Buffalo head coach vowed to bring out the best ...

Francona excited about Encarnacion

BOSTON — When Edwin Encarnacion became a free agent this offseason, Indians manager Terry Francona didn’t allow himself to daydream about adding the former Blue Jays slugger to his roster. “I didn’t think there was a chance to even talk to Edwin,” Francona said on Thursday in his ...